maintain maximum restraint. president barack obama and members of congress met to try to bring an end to a fiscal cliff. obama invited bipartisan congressional leaders on friday. senate majority leader harry reid, a democrat, and republican house speaker john boehner were among those attending. the president called for high income workers in the u.s. to pay more in taxes. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. we've got to make sure that taxes don't go up on middle class families, that our economy remains strong, that we're creating jobs. >> the republican speaker of the house of representatives asked for a balanced approach. republicans have been called for added revenue through curbs on tax deductions and credits.